• The Danish Embassy in Riyadh

      Delicately uniting Western and Arab building traditions, the Danish Embassy in the Saudi capital of Riyadh is made up of a combination of robust brick walls and delicate wooden screens. This gives a unique experience of being in Denmark and in the Arab World at the same time.

      • Location:
        • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
      • Client:
        • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
      • Area:
        • 2,000 m² (21,528 ft²)
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    • The Danish Embassy in Saudi Arabia beautifully combines Arab and Nordic architecture. The serene facade expression is sporadically interlaced by teak screens. The screens are a tribute to the local, ornamented mashrabiya screens and the Nordic tradition of precision woodwork. Behind the facades, in the sheltered courtyard spaces, daylight is modulated in the right balance between light and shadow. Unfolding in a sequence of daylight-infused, yet cool spaces as a small city of its own, the Embassy also comprises the chancellery, ambassador and staff residences. The design of the Embassy is a manifestation of how architecture arises in the exchange between cultures. We still pursue this cultural exchange in all of our projects.

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